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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - (nautical) a small horizontal rope between the shrouds of a sailing ship.

Usage examples (12)
  • It was admirably thrown, but caught only by a ratlin.
  • Mark now ascended the crater-wall with a pick on his shoulder, and a part of a coil of ratlin-stuff around his neck.
  • "Hilloa!" exclaimed the skipper with a sudden start, next morning, as he saw Eric's recumbent figure on the ratlin stuff, "who be this young varmint?"
  • I saw this, and was about to jump into the rigging to try what I could do to clear it, when Neb again went ahead of me, and cut the ratlin with his knife. for more
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